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Whispers Under Ground (Mass Market Paperbound)
Okay, so technically, Amber didn't foist the Ben Aaronovitch "Rivers of London" series off on me. She was more devious about this one. She sold it hand-over-fist to anyone who walked in the door, and of course I listened, and I got sucked in just like they did. She's evil, I tell you!
Probationary Constable Peter Grant is just doing his job, walking a beat in London, when he sees something he shouldn't. After all, ghosts aren't real, so there has to be another explanation for the man he saw, standing there watching him. But Peter needs to find this guy because he witnessed a crime. Enter Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, head of (and really, technically, the only member of) a special investigative unit that looks into crimes with "special" elements to it, like, for example, ghosts. And magic. And all manner of strange and seemingly inexplicable things.
Since Peter saw the ghost, Inspector Nightingale recruits him to help solve this case, and Peter's life takes an impossible change for the odd. Fortunately, that's right up Peter Grant's alley!
This is a series you need - absolutely NEED - to read in order. Too much spills from one case to the next to simply grab one and run. Therefore, begin with Midnight Riot and then follow Peter's adventures, along with Lesley May, Inspector Nightingale, Molly, and Toby the dog, through Moon Over Soho, Whispers Under Ground, Broken Homes, and Foxglove Summer, with the new one, The Hanging Tree, coming out in January (not nearly soon enough!).
I knew there were a limited number of these fabulous books so I spaced them out between other books, but honestly, I just wanted to read them all at once. Ben Aaronovitch has created a group of wildly diverse and fabulously memorable people, and I love spending time with them. The beautiful complexity of the everyday world - racial prejudice, addiction, disability issues, wilful blindness and stubbornness, among others - are so skilfully woven into the fabric of his incredibly fun and exciting stories that it's only later you realize that that's what makes the whole Rivers of London series so engrossing.
I suspect I'll be revisiting this series over and over, and I'll bet I find something new every time, it's that layered. Darn it, Amber! You've done it again!
A WHOLE NEW REASON TO MIND THE GAP
It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom if it exists at all is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects . . . except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as the Faceless Man, it's up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and as of now deadliest subway system in the world.
At least he won t be alone. No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She's young, ambitious, beautiful . . . and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah that s going to go well.
About the Author
Ben Aaronovitch was born in London in 1964 and had the kind of dull routine childhood that drives a man to drink or to science fiction. He is a screenwriter, with early notable success on BBC television s legendary Doctor Who, for which he wrote some episodes now widely regarded as classics, and which even he is quite fond of. He has also penned several groundbreaking TV tie-in novels. After a decade of such work, he decided it was time to show the world what he could really do and embarked on his first serious original novel. The result is Midnight Riot, the debut adventure of Peter Grant, followed by Moon Over Soho."
“The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter.”—io9
Praise for Midnight Riot, the first Peter Grant adventure
“Fresh, original, and a wonderful read. I loved it.”—Charlaine Harris
“A great start to what will hopefully be a long series of adventures.”—SFRevu